García recalled that the Brifor operation, destined to face the period of greatest danger, already lasted last year from mid-June to mid-September. “This year, however, in anticipation of an extension in the time of high temperatures, we have carried out two extensions: the reinforcement of personnel for a month and the stay of the helicopter for 16 days. «The period of high temperatures it is getting longer. Therefore, we have decided to expand the device with a budget reinforcement of 396,474 euros», Explained the counselor, who adds that the preliminary work began two months before the start of the campaign, with 20 people dedicated to preventive treatments.
Subsequently, new specialists were incorporated, up to a hundred, destined for the four-month summer campaign, whose contract would initially be from mid-June to mid-October. Now it has been decided extend maximum vigilance for a month. Then, 20 people will remain on hold until December 15, as originally planned.
On the Brifor helicopter (LI-42), the contracted service began on May 20, coinciding with the Arico fire, and was scheduled to end on November 6. However, the Cabildo extends the period of service of one of the two aircraft by 16 days. The longest stay of one of the two helicopters that are added in summer to the two owned by the Cabildo will cost 54,447 euros. The device will extend its presence until next November 22. With this, the investment in the aircraft service for fire fighting will be a total of 871,968 euros.